A handmade silver menorah is the first thing you see after you check in at Ben Gurion airport and before you head through security.
I think this is the perfect item to place in that spot. For thousands of years the menorah has been a symbol of jewish pride and integrity. Just as you’re about to leave the Jewish state, this menorah is standing there as a reminder of your identity. It whispers to you that even though you’re leaving Eretz Yisrael temporarily for the Diaspora, you’re Jewish. Don’t be seduced by the yavanim, you have your own culture and people that are waiting for you back at home.
Chabad Chanukiah Kikar Tzion
1 December 2013
Bargained down the price of of a box of oil and a box for my Chanukiyah today in Geula…feeling accomplished :)
The look out from Mitzpe Yericho this morning. All the way towards the horizon you can see the Dead Sea and on a clear day you can even see Jordan.
19 November 2013
Seen just now
The sunset at Rosh Hanikra tonight
Legend says that Abraham passed over the cliffs of Rosh Hanikra on how way to Israel from Mesopotamia.
Last Thursday I injured my foot while attempting to dance. I foolishly thought it was just a twisted ankle and would go away by itself. By the time Shabbat rolled around it was very swollen and bruised. I still thought it would heal itself. By Monday as the swelling and bruising increased my friends convinced me to go to nearby medical emergency centre even though it was no longer painful.
I explained to the Doctor what had happened and showed him my foot. He prodded it and kept on asking me if it hurt, each time I responded that it didn’t. He then asked me, “When did this happen?”
“Why are you only coming in now?”
“I was up North for a few days, only came home now”
“Well, it doesn’t hurt…why did you come in?”
“Because look at it!”
“Well, what do you want me to do?”
“I don’t know! You’re the doctor, you decide!”
“Do you want an x-ray?”
My foot is x-rayed a few times and about a half hour later another Doctor comes over and tells me I have a minor fracture. She said it’s very possible that some fractures don’t cause much pain at all. A nurse bandages it and tells me to make sure to see an orthopedist later on the week.
Over the next two days my bruising continues to spread but it does not hurt (bh) and I can walk on it.
Today, I visited the orthopedist. As I’m waiting in line at the desk a woman, expecting a walk in appointment enters and begins arguing with one of the receptionist. The woman said she’s been waiting for the receptionist to call her back for over an hour as she wants to see the Doctor when he’s free. The receptionist responds that she hadn’t called her back yet, as people who had booked appointments had arrived and took priority. They continued arguing for a good ten minutes and once the woman finally leaves the receptionist returns to her book, Fifty Shades of Grey.
My insurance and patient information is taken care of and I walk into the Doctor’s office. I show him my foot and he also begins prodding it and asking if it hurts. Again I say that it does not. Once again….
“Well, why are you here if it doesn’t hurt?”
“The doctors at the medical emergency centre told me to see an orthopaedist”
“If someone told you to go to Ireland right now, would you listen to them?”
No joke. That is actually what happened.
I managed to convince him to look at my x-rays and he said from one angle it looks like it might be fractured and from another it might not but he couldn’t give me a definite answer.
All in all, I’ve decided not to worry about it. If the bruising doesn’t go away within a week I’ll get it looked at again. But, I still think the Doctors in this country are hilarious…frustrating, but hilarious!
When I told my mother these stories she warned me that this is what I should expect when I make Aliyah, and that maybe I should consider my decision. I told her, Aliyah is most definitely still worth it, especially when the Doctors are such a good source of comedy!
Unfortunately I didn’t have the time this week I wrote a proper Dvar Torah this week….and for very good reasons too!
I was at 3 weddings and one Sheva brachot this week that seriously ate up my free time! I’m honored to be able to be part of the important mitzvah of משמח חתן וכלה.
Also, this week I’m able to fulfill one of the things HaShem commanded Abraham. HaShem tells Abraham
קום התהלך בארץ [לראות] ארכה ורחבה
Get up and walk through the land did Israel, see her length and her width.
This Shabbat I’m staying in tzfat, I’ve been hiking the Galil and trying to experience as much of Israel as I can - I’m working my way from east to west and north to south.
Shabbat shalom from the holy city of tzfat
שבת שלום ומבורך
בן ישראל שדר בחוצה לארץ דומה כמי שאין לו אלוה
A Jew that lives outside of Israel is like a person that doesn’t have a God